Author Archives: Reese Umbaugh

KEXP’s Community Partnership & Benefit Show: Amara

This month, KEXP’s Community Partnership Initiative, is proud to spotlight Amara, a local nonprofit that prepares and supports loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. For 90 years, Amara has been providing services to families and children, pioneering programs to meet the changing needs of our community’s children, youth and families. Because every childRead more…

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KEXP & Free Yr Radio at Bumbershoot

There are many reasons to be excited for the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival this weekend, including an innovate project from KEXP, Free Yr Radio, and The Vera Project! KEXP and The Vera Project have partnered to bring you the Toyota Free Yr Radio Stage. Over the last few weeks, DJ Sharlese (Audioasis), DJ ChillyRead more…

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Live Review: Imperial Teen @ Barboza 5/12

Last Friday at newly opened Seattle venue Barboza, the members of Imperial Teen strolled on stage looking like a million bucks, with sly grins and playful banter. It was the first Seattle performance by the Merge Records artists in over four years, and the crowd made it clear that it had been far too long.Read more…

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Northwest Artists Pick Their Best of 2011

In keeping with blog-age tradition (see: 2010, 2009, 2008), I checked in with some of my favorite local artists and asked what albums musically defined their 2011. Here are the results: Galen from Pickwick: Gardens and Villa Shabazz Palaces – Black Up Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues Chad Vangaalen – Diaper Island Eccentric Soul –Read more…

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Interview with Metronomy

Named after the musical term for the measurement of time by an instrument, Metronomy is a UK four-piece dance-meets-rock project helmed by multi-instrumentalist and producer Joseph Mount. Their third album, The English Riviera, is full of electronic-fused indie pop gems with summertime vibrations, heavy-hearted dance moves, and cool melodies. Recently nominated for the prestigious MercuryRead more…

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Bumbershoot: KEXP + Vera Project at Free Yr Radio Stage

KEXP has teamed up with The Vera Project, the venerable all-ages music and arts venue, and Toyota’s Free Yr Radio, a program supporting non-commercial and indie stations across the country, to bring you a truly unique experience at Bumbershoot this weekend. Over the past few weeks, young music fans from Vera have been instructed byRead more…

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This Weekend: The Music of PAX

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone unable to hum or whistle the Super Mario Brothers theme song. Rhythm-based games like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero have been incredibly successful in creating an interactive experience enjoyed by both music and video game lovers alike. Full orchestras performing the epic scores of The Legend of ZeldaRead more…

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Live Preview: Portland Queer Music Festival

The inaugural installment of The Portland Queer Music Festival lands in the Rose City this Saturday (July 30th), for a one-day-only showcase of up-and-coming queer bands from the Northwest region, with a few special guests from New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis sprinkled throughout.

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Live Preview: Devo

More than three decades after the release of their visionary debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, Devo is back on tour, with a stop in Seattle tonight at The Moore Theatre, to promote their June 2010 full-length Something for Everybody.

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Northwest Artists Pick Their Best of 2010

Just like 2008 & 2009, I caught up with some of my favorite local bands and artists to find out what 2010 records had the most spins throughout their year. Thanks to everyone who contributed and I look forward to a new year of awesome local music! Feral Children picks: The Books – The WayRead more…

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